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PostSubject: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 06:51

Just reporting to everyone how important it is to look behind you whenever you stop. I usually do but this time I didn't. I was on a small side street roaming along very slowly and enjoying the view. I stopped at a stop sign while looking behind me to see a pickup truck. When I moved away from the sign I was caught by surprise when the truck, without me noticing was passing me on the left and suddenly beeped his horn at me. I was a bit disconcerted and continued to move along while watching the truck ahead, amazed at how much of a rush everyone is in. While contemplating this in my head I stopped at the next sign without looking behind me, as this was a totally quiet setting in a neighborhood. And BAM...the bike flew out from under me (no driver backrest) and I somehow just stumbled out to the right, falling fairly gently, getting up quickly and looking back to see a young girl in an suv frantically talking into her phone...apparently telling the listener that she just hit a motorcycle. The bike was scratched up, the police came, and because the girl had had a bunch of accidents and they didn't want their insurance cancelled, they bought my bike from me at a fair price. Luckily I was not hurt. Just a reminder to look behind you..everyone is distracted these days. Be safe...Dan
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 07:05

Looks like cell phone involved? Driving standards are very low in US. I also have been hit from behind on my ReFlex while I was stopped at stop sign....lady on phone, who had no intention of stopping---I and scooter ended up on roof of Dodge mini van, that didn't hurt me BUT fall from top with bike screwed up my right hand, requiring fix. Bike totaled. Long insurance fight.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 10:21

Dan, the main thing is you are OK, that is paramount.

When I had my accident in my car I was so glad I wasn't on the bike.

Just goes to prove idiots are behind the steering wheel of potential killing machines = cars!!!!! Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 11:18

The main point is that you were not injured.There seems to be two important items in riding,experience and luck In our group we try and stress ride like they do not see you. I mean no disrespect but I believe you gave a wrong impression by not pursing this matter. If this person has had several accidents they did not learn anything from this experience.
We had a female rider killed here (on a Harley) getting hit from
behind at a stop sign by a another female who was manicuring her nails while driving. Howard
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 13:46

Not sure what you mean by pursuing it?
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 13:50

ridr44,
Don't like to read these types of stories. Still, it lets us know just how scary the bike world can be. So glad to hear it wasn't any worse for you. Like "NWSSC" said before, sometimes luck (or fate) has a hand in these things... my preference is that God had a hand in it. Anyway, happy you're okay.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 14:18

Dan, I'm glad to hear that you are okay. Of course they wouldn't want insurance and threats of whiplash and future ailments involved. Just take care of the little girl and get her back on the road to run over someone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 16:07

'Pursuing it' - taking the matter further with police and insurance rather than dropping the matter by settling, in this case by the guilty party buying the bike.

Glad you're not damaged yourself, Dan.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Sat 20 Oct 2012, 01:42

Here's why she bought the bike: if damage over $1,000, a report MUST be filed. You need to get the bike checked by a dealer to assess if there is less than that. If it's over and no report is filed, YOUR license can be suspended for failure to report a collision.

http://www.troopers.ny.gov/FAQs/Traffic_Safety/Collisions/
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Sat 20 Oct 2012, 04:14

The police came and a report was filed. The claim that was started with the insurance company was later dropped when the phone/driver decided to buy the bike.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Sun 21 Oct 2012, 02:44

I'm glad you are okay.

When I got rear-ended at a stop light (that had just turned green), the driver (female) of the Mazda SUV drove off without stopping. Luckily, it wasn't hard enough to cause me to drop the bike.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Mon 22 Oct 2012, 00:40

ridr44 wrote:
Just reporting to everyone how important it is to look behind you whenever you stop. I usually do but this time I didn't. I was on a small side street roaming along very slowly and enjoying the view. I stopped at a stop sign while looking behind me to see a pickup truck. When I moved away from the sign I was caught by surprise when the truck, without me noticing was passing me on the left and suddenly beeped his horn at me. I was a bit disconcerted and continued to move along while watching the truck ahead, amazed at how much of a rush everyone is in. While contemplating this in my head I stopped at the next sign without looking behind me, as this was a totally quiet setting in a neighborhood. And BAM...the bike flew out from under me (no driver backrest) and I somehow just stumbled out to the right, falling fairly gently, getting up quickly and looking back to see a young girl in an suv frantically talking into her phone...apparently telling the listener that she just hit a motorcycle. The bike was scratched up, the police came, and because the girl had had a bunch of accidents and they didn't want their insurance cancelled, they bought my bike from me at a fair price. Luckily I was not hurt. Just a reminder to look behind you..everyone is distracted these days. Be safe...Dan

Amazing to say the least that you were able to walk away. Not sure about you, but boogerheads driving distracted like that are just asking for trouble. I'm not so sure I would have been as easily forgiving. I mean, if the person is already worried about losing insurance but won't take distracted driving seriously, maybe it's time to let the insurance company make that call. Yikes.

Just to stress the point further, I may have asked for civil damages due to the driver's negligence and wanton disregard for public safety and made sure they had some really good time to think about it but to put the money into a trust for yourself to pay for any future medical bills related to the crash. If, after a time, you felt that the trust was no longer needed, you could donate it to a charity or similar just to demonstrate to the world that you're not trying to make money off it.

The other driver should be very happy she didn't run a pedestrian over and kill that person. Luckily, your bike was able to absorb quite a bit of the impact.

This story only makes me want Dennis's light kits that much more. Thanks!

Glad to hear you're okay. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Mon 22 Oct 2012, 07:48

Point: only 1 or 2 % of two wheel accidents are hits from behind----more emphasis should be on the skill of the rider behind the bars. For US more than 50% of bike accidents are single vehicle----probably lack of skill or judgement. For me over 1.5 million miles,, one hard hit from behind, one light tap at toll booth in Japan. Many close calls as single rider using too much speed or just plain poor judgement....but not in the woods or weeds yet. BUT always be on the look out for the enemy in PickUps or SUV's.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 26 Oct 2012, 17:11

Waitasec, you got hit from behind by a careless driver on a cell phone? It says you are from New York, what in hell were you doing all the way here in Tennessee? I was told this was the only place that had bad drivers who talk on cell phones.
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Fri 26 Oct 2012, 19:38

Maryland has them all over the place too !
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PostSubject: Re: Got hit at a stop sign from behind   Sat 27 Oct 2012, 20:52

I was stopped at a red light on my BMW wears ago, the light turned green, I moved up a few feet in order to turn left and this lady bumped me from behind.
This is before cell phones were small, and the bike went down.
Minor whip lash and nothing else but my wife made me sell my 1 year old live.
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